Science

Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy 2013

December 15, 2013

In 2013, Government of India released a new science, technology and innovation policy that lays greater thrust on innovation, establishing research institutes and encourages women scientists with an aim to position itself among the top five scientific powers in the world by 2020. Here are the important facts and...

‘Endeavour’ retires

September 25, 2012

NASA’s Space shuttle Endeavour retired from the service and was sent to a museum.  About Endeavour: Endeavour was introduced as a replacement to Challenger, which exploded during launch in 1986. It made its first flight on May 7, 1992 on STS-49 mission. Its last mission was STS-134 in May...

World Alzheimer’s Day observed globally

September 24, 2012

September 21 is World Alzheimer’s Day. The day is observed to spread awareness about Alzheimer’s disease across the globe. What is Alzheimer’s disease? Alzheimer’s disease is most common form of dementia (loss of memory). The disease, caused by the degeneration of brain cells and nerves, impacts functioning of the...

Scientist identify a new oxidant “X”

August 12, 2012

A new oxidant “X” has been identified which plays a significant role in the formation of gaseous Sulphuric acid in the atmosphere. Until now, it was thought that the combination of OH (hydroxyl radical) oxidant with sulphur dioxide (SO{-2}) was responsible for the formation of gaseous sulphuric acid in...

New Spider species named after David Attenborough

August 11, 2012

A new species of spider was named after the British naturalist and famous TV Broadcaster Sir David Attenborough. The species prethopalpus attenboroughi is found only on Horn island in the Torres Strait in Queensland, Australia. The other name of Prethopalpus is goblin spider. Earlier a fossil of a fish...

Earth might face more Heat Waves: NASA

August 9, 2012

As per warnings of NASA, the Earth might face an intense summer heat wave than what it faced b/w 1951 to 1980. Agency reveals that over the past 30 years the northern hemisphere has seen more "hot", "very hot"and “extremely hot” summers (as classified by the agency). Earth’s northern...

UHDTV coming soon

August 6, 2012

What is UHDTV? It is Ultra High Definition TV that will have much higher resolution than conventional standard definition and high definition TV. What is resolution of an Image? It is a broad term which describes the detail the image holds. The resolution of a picture is defined by...

M-money transfer

August 6, 2012

The Department of Posts will soon implement a mobile-based money remittance service in various parts of the country. It has selected 4 circles in which the services will be implemented. These are: · Kerala · Bihar · Punjab · Delhi What is m-money transfer? It also called mobile money...

Tumor Stem Cells multiply and fuel Cancer: Study

August 6, 2012

As per latest research tumors have been found to contain their own pool of stem cells that can multiply and keep fueling the cancer, seeding re-growth. The study deals with a different type of cancer stem cells. What are Stem cells? Stem cells are special cells found in all...

What causes power grid failure?

August 2, 2012

Recently, East, North and North-East regions of India went through a severe blackout for several hours after the sudden collapse of the northern grid. This article endeavors to answer some general questions pertaining to Power grid. What constitutes a Power grid? An electricity or power grid is a network...

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